April 2019 Think Tank:

Jessica Howarth

"Social Engagement Through Crafting"

Session Synopsis

What impact can crafting have on individuals? Communities?

In April of 2019, Jessica Howarth and several of her crafting colleagues from Scotland, United Kingdom came together for a round table discussion. Over the course of the session, each teaching artist spoke to the impact that crafting can have on participants and communities, especially those who are typically underserved. In doing so, they highlight the ways in which the arts can positively impact mental and physical health. Above all else, the discussion around the empowering nature of choice in craft because there is no wrong or right in what is being made. Just what you feel.

The session showcased the collegial community of practice among Scotland’s crafters and makers.

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